|(Collegeville, Pa.) - The Dickinson College softball team won its first two games in the Centennial Conference playoffs to advance to the championship game on Sunday.|
#3-seed Swarthmore will face host Ursinus in an elimination game on Sunday morning at 10:00 am. The winner will move onto the championship, and have to beat Dickinson twice. Game time is scheduled for approximately 12:00.
The Red Devils survived a pitcher's duel in the opener, topping Ursinus with an unearned run in the sixth inning.
Madison Gerish (Fairfield, N.J./Newark Academy) singled and advanced to third when the ball was misplayed in right field. JuniorJess Haklar (Coopersburg, Pa./Southern Lehigh) bunted with two outs, and reached on a error to score Gerish with the lone run of the game.
Allison Jordan (Medford, N.J./Shawnee) tossed a one-hitter, recording five strikeouts to earn the win.
Lauren Davis-Macedonia recorded 10 strikeouts in the loss for Ursinus.
In game two, the Devils scored once in the fourth inning, and that proved once again to be enough as they held off Swarthmore 1-0.
Emma Murtaugh (Holmdel, N.J./Holmdel) and Alesha Sisco (Effort, Pa./Blair Academy) hit back-to-back singles before Kyrie Budnik (Northampton, Pa./Northhampton) added a third single, scoring Murtaugh from second base.
Liz Barry (Millis, Mass./Noble & Greenough) held Swarthmore scoreless through three and one-third innings before Jordan came on to earn the win, recording four strikeouts in the final three and two-thirds.
The Red Devils advance to the championship game at 12:00 on Sunday. They will await the winner of Swarthmore and Ursinus at 10:00 am.